Women in the U.S. Congress 2021

 
In 2021, 143 (104D, 39R) women hold seats in the United States Congress, comprising 26.7% of the 535 members; 24 women (24%) serve in the U.S. Senate, and 119 women (27.4%) serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. Four women non-voting delegates (2D, 2R) also represent American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in the United States House of Representatives.

 

The 24 (16D, 8R) women currently serving in the U.S. Senate are:

Name Years elected (e), won special election (se), or appointed (a) Name Years elected (e), won special election (se), or appointed (a)
Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) e 2012, 2018 Mazie Hirono (D-HI) e 2012, 2018
Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) e 2018 Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) se 2018, e 2020
Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) e 2016 Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) e 2020
Maria Cantwell (D-WA) e 2000, 2006, 2012, 2018 Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) e 2006, 2012, 2018
Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)  e 2014, 2020 Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) a 2002; e 2004, 2010, 2016
Susan Collins (R-ME) e 1996, 2002, 2008, 2014, 2020 Patty Murray (D-WA) e 1992, 1998, 2004, 2010, 2016
Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) e 2016 Jacklyn Rosen (D-NV) e 2018
Joni Ernst (R-IA) e 2014, 2020 Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) e 2008, 2014, 2020
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) se 1992; e 1994, 2000, 2006, 2012, 2018 Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) e 2018
Deb Fischer (R-NE) e 2012, 2018 Tina Smith (D-MN) a 2018; e 2018, 2020
Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-NY) a 2009; e 2010, 2012, 2018 Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) e 2000, 2006, 2012, 2018
Maggie Hassan (D-NH) e 2016 Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) e 2012, 2018

119 women from 36 states serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.
88 Democrats
31 Republicans
  • California has sent more women to Congress than any other state - a total of 47 to date.
  • New York is next with 31 women to date.
  • 1 state (VT) has never sent a woman to either the House or the Senate.

 

 

 

 

49

of the 143 women serving in Congress in 2021 are women of color: 23 are Black, 13 Latina, 9 Asian American/Pacific Islander,  1 Native American, 1 Middle Eastern/North African, and 2 multiracial. For more information on women of color in office click here.

388

women (253D, 135R) have served in the U.S. Congress to date:

  • 42 (25D, 17R) in the Senate only
  • 331 (217D, 114R) in the House only
  • 16 (11, 5R) in both the House and Senate

For the number of women who have served in each Congress since 1917, click here.

86

women of color (78D, 8R) have served in the U.S. Congress to date: 45 have been Black, 13 Asian American/Pacific Islander, 20 Latina, 2 Native American, 3 Middle Eastern/North African, and 3 multiracial.

  • 1916
    Jeannette Rankin (R-MT) became the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • 1922
    Rebecca Latimer Felton (D-GA) became the first woman appointed to the Senate, but only served one day.
  • 1964
    Patsy Takemoto Mink (D-HI) became the first woman of color elected to the House.
  • 1978
    Nancy Landon Kassebaum (R-KS) became the first woman elected to the Senate without having previously filled an unexpired Congressional term. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) was the first Democratic woman to do so in 1987.
  • 1992
    Carol Moseley Braun (D-IL) became the first woman of color elected to the Senate.
  • 1998
    Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) became the first openly gay or lesbian person elected to an initial Congressional term. She is now the first openly gay member of the Senate.

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